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A federal jury convicted Brocade Communications Systems Inc. former vice president of human resources, Stephanie Jensen, of falsifying books and records in the company’s options backdating scandal. Jensen was charged along with the company’s former Chief Executive Officer Gregory Reyes, who was convicted of more serious charges earlier this year. The verdict in the pared-down case against Jensen came in the first full day of jury deliberations. The government dropped six of the eight original charges against Jensen prior to the start of the trial. Last week, another human resources vice president at Broadcom Corp., Nancy Tullos, agreed to plead guilty to obstruction of justice in the options backdating case in Santa Ana, Calif. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Crudo argued that Jensen conspired with Reyes to falsify company documents and directed subordinates to hide what they were doing. Crudo told jurors she was his “right-hand woman.” Jensen’s attorney Jan Little, of Keker & Van Nest in San Francisco, said Brocade’s stock options practices were already in place when Jensen joined the company, she was not an accountant and had no idea her actions would cause Brocade to file false financial statements. Jensen wiped away tears after the verdict was read. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer set March 12, 2008 for sentencing.

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